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Good times will roll on Friday

Organizers hope to showcase more than 100 antique cars at the annual Super Cruise and Street Dance on Friday, while raising money to beautify Wilson and support area businesses.

The event is slated from 6 to 10 p.m. on Young Street, which will be closed from Lake Street to McChesney Street. Music will be provided by Harmonica Dean and the Blue Lights, and a split club and basket auction also will be featured, as well as a variety of food available for purchase.

The $8 entry fee includes a $2 coupon redeemable from any village vendor that evening, according to Jeanne "Jingles" Kerwin of Watch Wilson Grow, which is sponsoring the event.

To enter an automobile in the show, an $8 registration fee earns a dash plaque. Prizes will be awarded. This year's judge is car enthusiast James Galvin.

Watch Wilson Grow is a small group of volunteers dedicated to beautifying the village and town, and promoting Wilson businesses.

"This is our big money-maker for the year," Kerwin said. "For the past two years, we've given money to the village to build the new gazebo at the end of Lake Street. . . . People seem to be using it quite a bit."
"We also sponsor the yard and garage sale for the village and town in July each year," she added.

Wilson Mayor Thomas J. Bateman said the group has done a fabulous job.

"Since the very first year, they've contributed a tremendous amount to the village with one project after another that enhances our community," Bateman said. "They're dynamos. What they accomplish for the small number of people in the group is phenomenal."

Kerwin said Watch Wilson Grow was started by former Mayor and Town Supervisor Jerry Dean to enhance businesses in the village.

"That's why we started the cruise nights, to bring business in. We had done them weekly, but we didn't have enough members to do this every week," said Kerwin, who counts about 20 volunteers on her mailing list.

For more information on Friday's event or Watch Wilson Grow, call Kerwin at 751-6811.


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